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101 Dalmations musical at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre postponed to 2021

101 Dalmatians musical

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre's new 101 Dalmations musical has been postponed until 2021.

It follows theatres across the UK closing as a result of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

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The new musical adaption of Dodie Smith's novel had been due to open in May this year but will now run May 15 - June 20 in 2021.

In a statement, the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre said: "In light of government advice restricting non-essential contact with others, we are very disappointed to announce that our new musical, 101 Dalmatians will be postponed and will now open our 2021 season.

"The musical has been in development for two years with full casting about to be announced ahead of rehearsals starting later this month. The decision to delay the 2020 season, though unavoidable given the current global crisis, has been an extremely difficult one and we are very mindful of all those associated with the production who now find themselves without work.

"The Box Office will be in contact directly with all ticket holders for 101 Dalmatians, which will now run from 15 May to 20 June 2021. As we are receiving a high volume of phone calls and emails, we appreciate your patience as we contact everyone."

Kate Fleetwood (Macbeth, London Road) was previously announced in the iconic role of Cruella de Vil. It remains to be seen if she will join the show in 2021.

The new adaption features a book by Zinnie Harris and music and lyrics by Douglas Hodge. The production is directed by Timothy Sheader, with puppetry designed and directed by Toby Olié.

Further creatives include set and costume design from Katrina Lindsay, choreography from Liam Steel, music supervision and orchestrations from Sarah Travis, lighting from Howard Hudson and musical direction from Tarek Merchant.

The Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre's 2020 season is currently due to begin with Romeo and Juliet (27 June – 25 July), followed by daytime performances of Dragons and Mythical Beasts (11 August – 6 September) and Carousel (31 July – 19 September).

Evita continues at the Barbican, as planned (27 June – 22 August).

For more information visit https://openairtheatre.com/.

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